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Bill Blass

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...Born in 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bill Blass was inspired by the glamorous fashions that oozed out of Hollywood movies and magazines in the 1930s. He left the Midwest for New York City in 1940, where he studied for a short time...
...Footage Referenced Norma Kamali, Spring/Summer 1990Introduction Norma Kamali’s womenswear spring/summer 1990 collection was shown in Central Park as part of New York Fashion Week. Making a statement against mainstream indoor fashion shows...

Anna Sui

Designer biography

...Anna Sui is an American designer of Chinese origin (born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA in 1955). She takes a “mix and match” approach to her heritage, modifying Chinese clothing traditions to fit international fashion tastes...
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...Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Autumn/Winter 1998 show for Red or Dead. Citing various locations from around the US as inspiration, Red or Dead’s autumnal collection was novel in its division, with sub-themes from Alaska, Seattle, Salt...

Michael Kors

Designer biography

...The name of Michael Kors is synonymous with American luxury sportswear and an international jet-set aesthetic. Advertisements commonly feature models stepping in and out of helicopters, airplanes, sports cars, and yachts. Given the motif...
...Christian Dior was born in 1905 in Granville, France. His parents’ aspirations encouraged him into a degree at the École Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris, yet his passions always lay within the arts and particularly in fashion design....
...Isaac Mizrahi was born in New York in 1961 and attended New York High School for the Performing Arts, before enrolling at the Parsons School of Design. On graduating in 1982, he worked as an assistant designer for Perry Ellis (1982–83...
...Calvin Klein was born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in 1963. During the early 1960s, he worked at the influential fashion trade magazine Women’s Wear Daily, and as an apprentice...
...Donna Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske in 1948 in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York. Her parents worked in the apparel industry and encouraged her dreams of becoming a designer. In 1966, she entered the Parsons School...